Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 10 Book Character Family Members

Question: Top 10 Book Character Family Members

Answer: It turns out that choosing a hypothetical family from the world of literature is much harder than it sounds.  For your convenience, we’ve included links to any of the below novels we’ve reviewed.

  1. Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird) – Atticus is the greatest dad in all of literature.  We imagine Atticus will make quite a few lists today, so if he’s already overcommitted, we’d consider him for some kind of mentor role instead.
  2. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter series) – Okay, she’s a little overprotective, but when it comes to fighting for her family, few can compare.  Her magical skills would always keep housework interesting and as long as her listening to Celestina Warbeck could be minimized, she’d make a great mom.  Also, we’d have to respectfully decline any homemade sweaters.  
  3. Bilbo (The Hobbit) – We can’t think of anything more exciting than heading over to Grandpa Baggins house and hearing his exciting tales.  Frodo would be another cool grandpa, except we can’t picture Elijah Wood aging.  We also think Bilbo might be a little more sufficient in the storytelling department.    
  4. Agnes (David Copperfield) – We’ve read about her considerable work as a loyal friend and daughter, we can only imagine how great she’d be as a sister.
  5. Firedrake (Dragon Rider) – Most families would be content with a dog, a cat, or a few fish, but personally, we’d prefer a dragon.  Firedrake would be perfect - good with children, high marks for home defense, and a convenient alternative to airline travel.
  6. Jo (Little Women) – Jo is a proven great sister.  She’d be fun to have around the house and we’d always be anxious to read her next literary endeavor.  Plus if necessary, she’d sacrifice her hair for the family.
  7. The Walker children (Swallows and Amazons) – Actually, if it’s agreeable with all parties, we’d just assume enter into the walker family.  Specifically, we want to go on one of their adventures to Wildcat Island.  We’d be willing to put up significant collateral for this privilege.
  8. Charlie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Charlie has many wonderful attributes, however it’s impossible to ignore the fact that he recently inherited a chocolate factory.  Having the heir to a chocolate empire in your family could cause some tension, so we’d settle for his second cousin once removed.  Close enough that we’d be allowed to pop in every now and again to replenish our stash.
  9. Jeeves (Very good, Jeeves) – Not sure if we’re allowed to include a family butler, but Jeeves would be downright helpful in a pinch.
  10. Ben (Magic Kingdom for Sale - SOLD!) – While the lack of modern amenities associated with castle living would prevent us from taking up any kind of permanent residence here, it would be super cool to spend a long weekend with Uncle Ben at his Landover estate.
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


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  2. Atticus is a favourite for most!

    These are interesting picks. I had tough time with it yet somehow picked TEN!

    Here is my Top Ten Picks post!

  3. Can't believe you chose Jeeves - I chose Bertie Wooster! Though now that I think about it, Jeeves would be much more helpful.

  4. I think you're right about Atticus showing up on most lists today. He's certainly on mine!

    I love that you have Charlie Bucket on here. I wouldn't have thought of him but who wouldn't want someone in the family that owns a crazy chocolate factory like that?

  5. I included Jo and Atticus as well! I like how you included Bilbo and Molly Weasley- good thinking! I forgot about both of them. Great picks!

  6. LOL...everyone should have a butler in their family!

  7. Jeeves! Such a great choice! And Molly W. for mum is great as well :-)

  8. Jo and Charlie...*sigh* I wish I'd thought of them. Both lovely characters. So, you would have a butler, eh? Spot on :D

  9. I think we can all share Atticus- We can all refer to ourselves as Atticus's children and start some kind of crazy cult!

    My list is here :) http://devouringtexts.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday_15.html

  10. Molly Weasley, nice choice. She's very protective, but should definitely be in your corner when stuff hits the fan. :)

    I don't know how I feel about Jo, however. She's awesome, but her younger version is pretty violent. I'd prefer to know her once she got a little older and calmed down some. Although you have to take your family, good and bad, in stride.

  11. It would be nice to have Jeeves for a butler. I give you permission! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  12. Aww I forgot about Atticus! I loved him so much, he's a great dad.

  13. Lovely list, although I'm not convinced on Bilbo. All too prone too wandering off and vanishing!